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Dr Josh Platzky Miller

Dr Josh Platzky Miller

Affiliated Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies / POLIS

BSocSci(Hons) (University of Cape Town)

MPhil, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Currently not taking PhD students


Josh Platzky Miller is an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies, teaching on social movements and African politics. Josh’s doctoral research was on Politics, Education, and the Imagination in South African and Brazilian student-led mobilisations (

Research Interests

Josh's research interests centre on collective action and social change, particularly in and through educational institutions, as well as issues relating to social reproduction, the politics of technology, epistemology and the imagination, and the historiography of philosophy.


Josh is the coordinator and lecturer for the half-paper on Social Movements and Development (Paper 360) for the MPhil in Development Studies, a lecturer for the paper on African Politics (Paper 15) for undergraduates in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), and gives undergraduate supervisions in sociology and politics, specifically International Conflict, Order, and Justice (POL2), Modern Societies: Global Social Problems (SOC3), and African Politics (POL15).

Josh has previously co-organised public education ‘teach-out’ programmes for UCU, and taught on Latin American social movements (School of Advanced Study, University of London) and political philosophy (University of Cape Town).

Key Publications

(with Sharath Srinivasan) COVID-19, Technology, and Surveillance in Africa. Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Policy Briefs (2020)

On Epistemic Diversity, Ontologies and Assumptions in Capability Approaches’. In: Comim, Fennell & Anand, eds. New Frontiers of the Capability Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2018), pp. 139-153.

Toward a Fanonian Theory of Socio-Epistemic Rupture. Critical African Studies (forthcoming)

‘O que pode a África do Sul aprender dos estudantes no Brasil?’ Em: Goulart, Cássio & Ximenes, eds. Reformas de ensino e movimentos de resistência : Diálogos entre Brasil e América Latina -- Anais do I Encontro Internacional da Rede Escola Pública. São Paulo: Rede Escola Pública e Universidade (2017), pp. 154-156.

‘Radical Democracy and Educational Experiments: From Rojava to Rio de Janeiro’. In: Smith et al, eds. Student and Youth Social Theory Reader, Cape Town: IFAA (2017), pp. 3-10.

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